Proper Way To Use A Handsaw

Published: 08th October 2009
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Are you planning to restore some pieces of furniture at your home? Do you want to start a woodwork project like building a new coffee table? And the thing is you don't how to properly use a handsaw specially cutting a straight line. Sad but true, but did you know that saw specialist have devoted a great deal of thought and time on the matter of handsaw practice. A handsaw is a unique tool. It performs its functions by a method different from that of any other tool. Because of this proper use is necessary to get good work from a saw.

In buying a handsaw we need to consider the quality first. Nowadays, there are handsaw's that has hardened teeth which do not require sharpening. When selecting a handsaw do not be tempted to purchase the cheapest one as this are often of poor quality. When this becomes dull a new one needs to be bought. Hence, you're just wasting your time and money. Below are some tips on how to use a handsaw:

Hold it firmly but do not squeeze it tightly. Notice that the handle is made to fit the hand and the last three fingers main duty is for grasping the handle and your thumb and index finger is used for guiding the saw rather than grasping. You will find this grip easy to learn accuracy more surely and quickly.

Map out your desired cut. Using a square or straightedge, draw a fine line with a pencil where you want it to be cut. Take your time as mistakes are easily made. There is an old saying "Measure twice, cut once"

Support your work piece. You will need something to support the piece of wood you're cutting. It is convenient to hold the work in vise, bench hook or a sawhorse which is usually a knee high since the knee is commonly used to help hold the work on them.

Another factor in sawing is your position. The eye must be brought into the same plane as blade, elbow and shoulder so that the line of vision is with the cutting plane. It is also important that the saw run a straight line with the forearm so that it is practically a continuation of the arm. It is important too that your elbow and shoulder are in direct line with the saw.

Start a groove. Start a cut close to the line on the waste side. Grasp the edge of the board with the left hand, close to the line, so close either the knuckle or the end of the thumb will bear against the saw blade and support it vertically.

Finish the cut. After the groove has been started let the saw do the work with a few forward strokes to deepen the cut. The secret of using a handsaw is to let the saw do the work. Allowing the handsaw to do the work will require the least effort and produce the best result. In cross- cutting hold the handsaw in a 45 degree angle and if you're cutting along the grain hold the saw in a 60 degree angle. Holding the handsaw on these angles will produce optimum results. Apply a small amount of pressure on the down ward stroke and release the pressure on the upstroke. Use your index finger to steady the saw.

Above all this tips it is necessary to put this into practice and practically a good well sharpened handsaw - because even the most expert workman must have a good hand saw to do a good work.

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